I have to admit it – I run for the bling. Sure, I got into it because it’s a great workout, and I really do love the adrenaline kick and the scenery and the sense of power it gives me. But man, I do love those race medals. Yes, I do run races that don’t give you medals, but right now, I have my two half-marathon medals hanging on the wall and I can’t wait to add to the list.
But typically, the better the bling, the more expensive the race. It makes sense, after all. Those races have to be paid for. And my favorite bling? That’s right, Disney bling. Those are some expensive races. But I love them. I love the whole experience, from the fireworks at the start to the characters cheering you on along the way to the super awesome medal at the finish.
I’m to the point where I won’t sign up for a half-marathon if there isn’t a medal. Ten miler? Sure. But not a half. If I run 13.1 miles, I want some bling to show off!
A lot of people disagree with this. They’d rather go for a simple race. They say the fun of the run is the running. And I agree. On every day but race day. 🙂 It’s just one way that I choose to spend my money.